Raincoat, REI. Sweater, Outback Red. Skirt, Plenty by Tracy Reese (thrifted). Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Earrings, thrifted vintage. Bag, thrifted.
Attending college in rainy, western Washington State, my crew and I never carried umbrellas. We preferred our Gore-Tex jackets. It was far more practical to pull our hoods up and put our heads down as we humped our backpacks up and down hills, through the wind and rain.
Once I became a fancy office lady in Cincinnati, I accumulated an umbrella collection to see me to and from the bus stop and left my Gore-Tex in the closet. (Although I still have that waterproof coat from college.) Umbrellas seemed far more civilized and I could continue to wear the cute (but not rainproof) coats and jackets I'd wear on dry days.
I suppose things have come full circle. A proper Sacramento winter is a lot like one in Western Washington: mild and wet. Getting from the car to a salon with an umbrella, a purse, a tote, and miscellaneous samples in the pouring rain requires more than two hands. The waterproof coat and hood is a more elegant solution and guarantees that I arrive with dry hair. (Of no importance as a grungy college student but imperative as the representative of a hair care company.)
Are you an umbrella person or a raincoat person?
And . . . this happened today: